Monday, February 23, 2009

Reading Change

We have the opportunity to read a chapter from Rita Raley's forthcoming book Tactical Media, entitled "Border Hacks: Electronic Civil Disobedience and the Politics of Immigration" (reading available at

As time permits, we suggest reading/skimming at least one of the other already suggested pieces as a knowledge of them would add dimension to our discussion.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

2/26 Meeting on Rita Raley

Please join the New Media Working Group for its next meeting on Thursday, February 26th, from 1-2:30PM in the Berkeley Center for New Media Commons (340 Moffitt). We will discuss a sampling of work by Rita Raley, Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, concerning new media art, "Global English," and the practices and politics of "reading" code. Raley's book Tactical Media is forthcoming in April.

Readings available at and via the following links:

1) "Code.surface || Code.depth"

2) "Machine Translation and Global English"

3) "Reveal Codes: Hypertext & Performance"

Given time constraints, we recommend selecting one essay for perusal (whichever strikes you as the most interesting or relevant to your work) and skimming the remainder for discussion.

Alenda Chang (
Ryan Shaw (

Thursday, February 05, 2009

2/12 Meeting on Archive Fever

What: New Media Working Group
When: 1-2PM, Thursday 2/12
Where: BCNM Commons next to the Free Speech Cafe
Discussion Leader: Kris Trujillo



Please join the New Media Working Group to discuss Jacques Derrida's Archive Fever, a lecture delivered on June 5, 1994, at the Freud Museum in London. We will look closely at the unnamed introduction, "Exergue," and "Preamble" (pages 1-31), paying special attention to Derrida's meditations on the psychical archive's relation to memory and the death drive, on the future of psychoanalytic inscription and historiography in light of electronic media, and on the filiation of digital archives.

Stick around after the meeting for another Berkeley Center for New Media Tea... good food and conversation!

Questions? Comments?
Contact Alenda Chang, Rhetoric ( or Ryan Shaw, School of Information (